Monday, April 22, 2024



Basketball star to attend her 4th Olympics

Lauren Jackson is set to emerge from retirement and feature at the Paris Olympics after Basketball Australia answered a family request and named the Opals legend in a 26-player squad.

Volunteers’ News – April 2024

I know I always seem to start off my April column with an acknowledgement of Autumn, because I love the cooler nights (not always days!) and the lovely trees in flower in my area. There always seem to be plenty of activities at this time of year.

A call to faith, justice and an end to occupation

On Monday March 18, members of Balmain and Leichhardt Uniting Churches met with their State MP, Kobi Shetty, whose office is located in Glebe.

Living with dementia – a carer’s journey: 3. Commitment

In July 2018 I resigned from my full-time senior management position in the department of NSW Health Pathology to become a committed carer for my husband, Stuart, who lives with dementia. To maintain my mental health, I decided to work as a casual medical interpreter in hospitals and part-time administration assistant for a Uniting Church congregation.

Shake It Up this World Parkinson’s Day

Redfern local of 18 years, Emma, is proof you can’t keep a good woman down. In May 2017 she was our cover girl to...

Experts swap lecture halls and boardrooms for local bars and pubs

On Tuesday April 9, for one night only, 10 venues across Sydney will help boost your intellect and host 20 free talks about “Healthier Futures” – with topics including the benefits of riding public transport with dogs, how big vape is hooking the next generation and wearable technology that can improve your mental health.

Batmobile to the rescue

I was on my bike, a block and a half into my monthly (March) deliveries of the South Sydney Herald around my home in...

Healing and many other things Artist Profile: Sharon Smith

Sharon Smith is a descendant of the Wiradjuri people of western NSW. She was born in Erskineville in 1957, the fourth of Eleanor and Matthew James Smith’s five children. As a child, Sharon was very close to her extended family.

Community award for The Settlement

DARLINGTON: Local and long-time community centre, The Settlement, was presented with a Community Recognition Statement at Parliament House on March 20. Jenny Leong, Greens Member...

Locals bid fond farewell to family doctor

REDFERN: Locals crowded into the Redfern Hotel on Monday March 25 to farewell Dr Adrian Jones, retiring from medical practice after 47 years’ service. The popular General Practitioner had a surgery in Pitt Street for many years before moving into the Redfern Station Medical Centre on Redfern Street.

‘Any one of us can become a refugee any day’

The Palm Sunday peace rally took place on March 24. Around two thousand people met at Belmore Park before marching to Victoria Park in...

Fire and Rescue celebrates 140 years

Fire and Rescue NSW marked its 140th birthday on February 14 with a special ceremony at the City of Sydney station in Castlereagh Street.

Dancing may be better than other exercise for improving mental health

A structured dance program of at least six weeks’ duration can significantly improve psychological and cognitive health outcomes equivalent to other forms of structured exercise interventions, finds new research from Australian researchers.

Where does the housing we need go?

The NSW government plans to increase housing within existing city footprints and communities are on edge fearing what it means for their neighbourhood. Inner Sydney is already denser than inner London, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Living with dementia – a carer’s journey: 2. Learning and understanding

From the day of the diagnosis, my learning as a carer began. I was determined to do everything I could to give Stuart the best possible care, by using all the services, education and dementia-related programs available to support us.

The footy is back!

The NRL season launch was held in Las Vegas on March 3.

Volunteers’ News – March 2024

March is shaping up as a very busy month, with lots of activities and religious festivals.

Peers help the community stay healthy

Navigating the health system can be challenging. To address this, Sydney Local Health District (SLHD) has established the Health and Wellbeing Peer Education program.

McRae-McMahon Place honours beloved trailblazer

The Rev. Dorothy McRae-McMahon pushed for the recognition of clergy in committed same-sex relationships from the mid-1980s in the Uniting Church in Australia (UCA)...

Sydney’s home of queer history and culture

A memorial to people who died during the AIDS epidemic and a museum celebrating Sydney’s queer history has opened to the public. Qtopia, Sydney’s...

‘A celebration of blackness by queer black artists’

Boomalli’s 2024 Mardi Gras exhibition, My Sovereign Black Body, explores First Nations identity “stripped back to the basics”.

Photos from Mardi Gras 2024

Michelle Haywood captures the excitement of the 2024 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

Stingless bees at Mirrung Garden

Mirrung Garden at South Sydney Uniting Church in Waterloo is now home to a hive of native bees. The beehive is located in the...

The Settlement needs our help

Did your kids go to The Settlement? Did you? Established by Sydney University Women’s College, this wonderful local organisation has been providing services for...

Volunteers’ News – February 2024

Welcome back to another year of the South Sydney Herald, still being published in our 23rd year, thanks to your support and readership. In the...

Tennis legends criticised for boycott plea

Tennis greats Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert have been accused of “turning their backs on women” after pushing back on plans to hold the season ending WTA Finals in...

Photos from January 26

Michelle Haywood captures the mood of January 26 with this collection of photos from across South and central Sydney.

Melanoma treatment pioneers awarded 2024 Australian of the Year

University of Sydney Professors Georgina Long AO and Richard Scolyer AO, co-medical directors of the Melanoma Institute Australia, have jointly won the prestigious Australian of the Year award for their pioneering work in the treatment of melanoma.

Living with dementia – a carer’s journey: 1. Diagnosis

My journey of caring for my husband, Stuart, living with dementia began with a trip he made to Monterrey, Mexico.

Volunteers’ News – December 2023

Martin Place Christmas tree and fairy lights until January 1 The City of Sydney is again showcasing the lights at Martin Place, with the tallest...

Bridge Housing CEO to head Homes NSW

Rebecca Pinkstone has been named the inaugural Chief Executive of Homes NSW, the new Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) division established by the...

Setting customer service expectations for public housing tenants

Tenants have long complained about the way they get treated by the staff of their housing manager currently branded as the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) Housing but by February 2024 a part of Homes NSW.

Stockland and Lendlease to compete for Waterloo redevelopment

The Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) process to choose a developer consortium for Waterloo is now down to two consortia with the successful group expected to be announced in mid-2024.

Dancing all the way

After joining what many consider Australia’s first modern dance company, the Bodenwieser Ballet, when she was 24, dance took Eileen Kramer around the world....

International Day of Care and Support recognises the contributions of carers

October 29 marked the inaugural International Day of Care and Support. Designated by the United Nations General Assembly this year, this day aims to...

Delayed cord clamping could halve risk of death in premature babies

Waiting for two minutes or longer to clamp the umbilical cord of a premature baby soon after birth could help reduce the risk of death, compared with immediately clamping the umbilical cord, or waiting a shorter time before doing so. Delaying clamping could decrease the child’s risk of death by more than half relative to immediate clamping.

Uzbekistan – splendour in the sand

This is a photo I took of the Registan in Samarkand at night so I could remember its splendour.

Heading for the solar maximum

Sunspots are dark patches on the Sun’s surface, locations where intense magnetic fields – thousands of times stronger than the Earth’s magnetic field –...

‘Donate a Plate’ so no one goes hungry this Christmas

Wayside Chapel is making an urgent plea to all Australians to support people with nowhere to go this holiday season through its “Donate a...

Waterloo South – taking shape

Sydney University students have used the new planning controls and design guide for Waterloo South to produce a scale model of what might be built. While the final building design will differ, the size and general form of the buildings will be like that in the photo above (and those on the REDWatch Facebook page).

A Torres Strait Islander Elder shares her story

I’m Aunty Joyce Wymarra from Badu, one of the western islands of the Torres Strait.

Faith leaders call for no new coal or gas and urgent...

CANBERRA: Senior faith leaders urge the federal Labor government to put an end to all new fossil fuel projects in Australia and to listen to the voices of Pacific Island nations calling for Australia to phase out fossil fuels.

Community access gives lift to Redfern station

A new southern concourse at Redfern station was opened by Premier Minns on October 8 at a reported cost of $166 million. The concourse replaces the southern bridge to the station removed in the 1990s. Alexandria, Waterloo and Eveleigh will get improved access to the station through entrances in Marian and Little Eveleigh streets.

Volunteers’ News – November 2023

November last year the Uluru Statement from the Heart won the Sydney Peace Prize. After the failure of the Yes referendum campaign, the Statement...

Three prayers for peace

Act for Peace is the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches Australia. Its focus is on assisting the most conflict- and disaster-affected...

Simulator lets students and researchers pilot aircraft, spaceships

Captain a SpaceX Starship or an F-16 in a first-of-a-kind experience. The University of Sydney has acquired a 360-degree rotating cockpit simulator, allowing researchers and students to replicate the experience of piloting any aircraft from an A380 to a spaceship.

Aboriginal housing for Waterloo welcomed

The CEOs of the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council (MLALC) and the Aboriginal Medical Services Limited (AMS) have welcomed the NSW government’s commitment to a minimum of 15 per cent of all social and affordable housing in the Waterloo South redevelopment being for Aboriginal people.

Pasifika leaders call for a just and fair transition to a...

At a gathering at Sydney Olympic Park on October 7, Pasifika leaders and community members from the Uniting Church and beyond called on the...

Always a new challenge, every trail different

Recently appointed CEO of the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE), Grant Cameron, is positive about the future. A Kamilaroi man with strong connections to Redfern, Grant says, “The NCIE is a unique cultural hub where people can come, learn and grow.

Peace prize for commitment to women’s rights

The 2023 Sydney Peace Prize was awarded to Nazanin Boniadi at a ceremony at Sydney Town Hall on November 2. Lord Mayor Clover Moore...

Garden invites community to grow into belonging

WATERLOO: The garden at South Sydney Uniting Church is flourishing and community members are invited to be part of it.

Letter a must-read for all Australians

On behalf of our volunteer contributors and distributors, the South Sydney Uniting Church, partner organisations and community groups, the South Sydney Herald offers heartfelt...